In September 2006 Alitalia confirmed an overall positive performance despite strikes affected the passenger network in the month. Cargo business confirmed lat months’ strong growth (24.1% increase vs. September 2005).
Traffic, measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometres, increased 0.4% despite the fact that the capacity, measured in Available Seat Kilometres, decreased by 0.9%. The load factor grew 1.0 percentage point reaching 78.3%. Alitalia carried 2.2 million passengers, slightly down (–0.9%) compared to the previous year.
September 2006 increase in traffic also allowed to show an increase, against last year, in the revenues of each network sector (domestic, international and intercontinental). Detailed comparisons with September 2005:
[GADS_NEWS]– Domestic Passenger Network: load factor increased by 2.4 percentage points to 67.4%, while traffic was up 0.1% compared to last year.
– International Passenger Network: the number of passengers carried was up by 0.8%. With a capacity increase of 0.8% load factor was 75.1%.
– Intercontinental Passenger Network: long haul traffic sharply recovered vs. the previous months trend (up 2.6%). Load factor reaching 84.7%, up 1.2 percentage points against last year.
In September, Cargo, measured in Revenue Tonne Kilometres, increased by 24.1%. Overall load factor slightly decreased by 0.8 percentage points to 59.9%.